March Madness: Director’s Cut [ROUND ONE]

Welcome to March Madness! RowThree style. We’ve got four divisions of contenders looking to advance to the next round. It’s up to you to decide who advances. Look through each bracket within all four divisions and make your choice. After a few days the polls will close and we’ll see who advances to the next round. There can be only one victor.

**VOTING FOR ROUND ONE HAS CLOSED, BUT YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE WINNERS BY CLICKING THE BRACKET LINKS BELOW. STOP BACK TOMORROW FOR ROUND TWO**

See the FULL BRACKET
See the CONSOLATION BRACKET

SCHEDULE (begins – ends):
Round 1: 3/9 – 3/13
Round 2: 3/14 – 3/18
Round 3: 3/19 – 3/23
Round 4: 3/24 – 3/27
Round 5: 3/28 – 3/30
Round 6: 3/31 – 4/1

A couple of RULES and notes. First, there’s no way to track voting. So yes, you could get away with voting 100 times if you wanted to. But I do have final say here and if I see anything that looks fishy (e.g. a 15 seed getting 650 more votes than a 2 seed) I may step in. We’re going by the honor system here and it would probably be more fun to see where this little experiment goes naturally and if everyone is honest. That said, there is a comment section below so feel free to sound off your picks publicly and try to lobby some votes in your favor. Tell us why you think Anthony Mann should upset Martin Scorsese. Who knows what might happen here? I’m actually kind of excited to find out!

Second, these directors were picked and seeded more or less arbitrarily by yours truly. I’m aware that there are a ton of other directors out there and that these seeds may appear unfair or strange to some people. By all means leave those thoughts in the comment section, but just know that this was sort of an off the cuff deal anyway and not to be taken all that seriously. These seeds do not necessarily reflect my opinions or that of any of the staff at RowThree. But just off the top of our heads it was easy to come up with a fairly prolific group of guys and seed them in some sort of reasonable order based on filmography, popularity, notoriety, critical acclaim, etc. Note: there is a fifth set of brackets we’re calling the Consolation Division. It’s a group of 16 directors we really wanted to see compete but weren’t quite “worthy” of the big dance.

Enough of that noise, let the games begin!

**VOTING FOR ROUND ONE HAS CLOSED. STOP BACK TOMORROW FOR ROUND TWO**

 

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Mike Rot
Member

some tough match-ups there like Spielberg vs Nolan. Cool idea Andrew

David Brook
Guest

God – Altman vs The Coens – brutal.

Mike Rot
Member

that one was easy.

David Brook
Guest

Love the idea though, can’t wait to see how the voting goes by the end.

Henrik
Guest

You’d think I couldn’t stand an idea like this, but I couldn’t help myself from voting. Could be fun!

Mike Rot
Member

if Coens win, it is rigged.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

Very cool idea, Andrew! Hardest for me this round were Coen vs. Altman (ARGH), Bergman vs. Almodovar (I respect Bergman more, but I enjoy Almodovar more), Antonioni vs. Leone (gotta go with spaghetti westerns, though), and Lang vs. Truffaut (both Metropolis and 400 Blows are in my top 20 films of all time). And Scorsese vs. Anthony Mann wasn’t a hard choice, Scorsese all the way, but it kind of sucks that Mann will likely be out of the running so quickly. He’s pretty awesome and ought to be more widely known.

Mike Rot
Member

the hardest pairing for me is Werner Herzog vs. Spike Lee. It kills me, but Lee wins.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

Andrew, is there a way to see the results without voting again? Or will it show me the results when I’m back on the same computer/browser I voted on?

Gary
Guest

Bergman vs. Almodovar….you’re killing me!

Kurt
Guest

Toughest Choice was Antonioni vs. Leone. Malick vs. Cronenberg (no fair!) and Lumet vs. Ford — sure Ford is the no brainer, but Damn, if Lumet doesn’t have some whopper of films. Surprised not to see John Frankenheimer or Bertollucci on the poll!

Tom
Guest

Where is PT? Unless I am missing something I think he deserves to be in one of these brackets. Overall great idea and very fun to fill out

Mike Rot
Member

not to nitpick, but Tom is right, PT ought to have made the cut over Cameron Crowe

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

Yeah, there is a distinct lack of Andersons – No P.T., Wes, OR P.W.S. :p Still, there are so many awesome directors out there, props to the ones you chose.

Mike Rot
Member

TeamAltman

Goon
Guest

enjoyed voting against Altman and Malick a little too much.

Marina
Guest

Malick vs. Cronenberg (no fair!)

Agree!

Mike Rot
Member

suspicious absence of Gus Van Sant and Baumbach. hmmmm.

Fletch
Guest

Great idea, Andrew. Nobody’s calling a winner yet? Methinks Hitch has it locked up.

David Brook
Guest

“Coens vs Hitchcock in the next probably.”

God damn it!

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

Coens vs. Hitchcock? *shoots self*

Mike Rot
Member

not to worry, it will be Altman vs. Hitchcock

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I love Soderberg as much as the next guy, but the unwashed masses have decreed he’s a better director than Orson Welles? My God!

antho42
Guest

How does Rowthree explain Tim Burton!

Henrik
Guest

Bergman should win this EASY 🙂

David Brook
Guest

Some more tough decisions. Kurosawa vs Miyazaki was hardest for me. Kurosawa probably deserves to win, but I’ve got a huge soft spot for Miyazaki and I’ve never seen a film of his that I’ve not loved.

I’m worried about the current close race between Leone and Fellini. I’ve never been a huge Fellini fan and I’ll be devastated if Leone bows out at such an early stage.

rot
Guest

Herzog vs Lynch… that will be tight.

I voted Fellini: high art trumps low art.

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